22 January 2019
Central Australia is one of those destinations that has worked its way onto many travel bucket lists. Laying claim to Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, wildlife-filled national parks and star-filled skies at night, the heart of the Northern Territory is a top destination for people who love nature, culture and wildlife.
Here are five of the best ways to experience the sheer beauty and grand scale of the Red Centre:
Ride the Rock
It’s not advisable to climb Uluru, but there are many other ways to take in the majesty and epic scale of Australia’s most famous monolith. A 15 kilometre self-guided cycle around the rock can be completed in around three hours. Simply hire some bikes at the cultural centre, put on a hat and some sunscreen, carry some drinking water and away you go. A great activity for the whole family, riding around the rock is a slow-paced active adventure you’ll remember for years to come.
Walk Kings Canyon
Usually completed in around 3-4 hours, the Kings Canyon Rim walk is considered one of the most impressive walks in the world. With a bit of a climb at the start, this walk is suited to fit, active travellers accustomed to walking at inclines. The backdrop to one of the most memorable scenes from Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the stunning sandstone domes and escarpments are a quintessential outback sight to behold. Best attempted in the cooler months, this journey rewards intrepid walkers with unforgettable views and a workout at the same time.
Learn about Anangu culture on a guided walk around Uluru
Local rangers run free, daily walks along the base of Uluru. An easy 2km return walk that is also wheelchair accessible, this guided walk is a great opportunity for people of most fitness levels and ages to learn more about Anangu culture and rock art from a local expert.
Take to the skies
With vast tracts of red earth, dramatic rock formations and deep gorges, the Red Centre is visually spectacular viewed from all angles, but especially above. Splashing out on a heli-tour or scenic flight is a top way to see the Red Centre from high above. Many operators offer packages that take in popular sites like Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, with sunrise and sunset options adding another layer of beauty to the flight.
Visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary
From colourful flocks of galahs to tiny hopping mice, the Red Centre is alive with native wildlife but you need to get your timing right to spot them all! Birds are often active in the early hours of the morning, and can be found drinking at quiet waterholes. Kangaroos are most active at dusk, the most challenging time to be on the roads in the Outback. Visiting the Kangaroo Sanctuary is a great way to see kangaroos up close in a controlled environment. Home to orphaned joeys and injured adults, the Kangaroo Sanctuary is a very popular place to visit in Alice Springs, so be sure to book a spot on the sunset tour well ahead of time. Popular with adults and children alike, a walk around the kangaroo sanctuary at dusk is an informative, magical experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to get a photo taken with a baby kangaroo at feeding time!
Discover your own backyard with a trip to the Red Centre. Contact your Travel Counsellor today to start planning.